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Colista K. Anglese

Attorney and Shareholder


It seems like only yesterday I was jumping hay bales on my parent’s farm; and now I am a partner at Hammer Law Firm. I grew up just outside of Rickardsville, Iowa, a small town north of Dubuque. Being the youngest of four siblings, I was admittedly quite spoiled; but I also learned the meaning of hard work, a value my parents instilled in all their children. When I wasn’t playing softball for the town team or riding bikes around our barn, I was doing both farm and household chores. It was on this farm, with my family, I learned many of the values that I carry with me today in my law practice.

I joined Hammer Law Firm on January 1, 2012. Following my admission to the Iowa Bar in 2008, I began my practice in Dubuque. The following year I was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar and I immediately began tackling family law cases in Grant County. Today, I’m practicing in the three tri-states—Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Having a general practice, I handle a variety of legal issues and cases including, but not limited to; Child Custody cases, Adoptions, Divorces, Juvenile Law, Wills and Trusts, Landlord Tenant Law, Property and Real Estate Transactions, Criminal Law, and Personal Injury. I’ve always taken a personal interest in helping children and oppressed members of our society, which is why I accepted the role as Defense Counsel for the Dubuque and Delaware County Drug Court program approximately four years ago. I am a zealous advocate for all my clients, and I am passionate about working hard for everyone I represent.

When I am not practicing law, I work as an Adjunct College Professor, teaching Paralegal Courses at Northeast Iowa Community College. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our four children, weekend camping trips with our extended family, and traveling to Chicago to watch the Cubs play ball!


2005 Loras College, Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Sociology

2008 Hamline University College of Law, Juris Doctorate

Bar Admission

Iowa in 2008

Wisconsin in 2009

Illinois in 2015


Iowa State Bar Association

Wisconsin State Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association

Dubuque County Bar Association

Jo Daviess County Bar Association

Dubuque County Young Lawyers’ Division Member

Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce


  • 1st place winner of the 2018 Dancing with the Stars-Dubuque Style for most money raised for local charity
  • Nominated co-chair of the Domestic Violence Committee of the Young Lawyers Division (2009-2010)
  • Hamline University Recipient of Cali Awards for Intellectual Property and Wrongful Convictions
  • Dean’s Honor Roll at Hamline University School of Law
  • Presented research at the National Institues of Criminal Justice Sciences at Chicago, IL
  • Biography published in “The National Dean’s List, 2002-2005
  • Delta Theta Phi member
  • Psych Chi Honor Society member
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member
  • Certified domestic violence advocate
  • Trained in Opiate and Substance Abuse/Addiction

Volunteer Activities

  • 2018 Dancing with the Stars-Dubuque Style Participant
  • East Dubuque Zoning Board Member since 2016
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Paralegal Advisory Board member
  • Volunteer mock panelist for Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) investment project
  • Speaker/Presenter at local colleges on legal topics
  • Volunteer mock trial Judge for local middle school competitions
  • Participates in discount legal programs such as Hyatt Legal and CLC offered to members
  • Assisted in planning numerous fundraisers for local non-profit organizations
  • Assist local drug court participants with various community service projects
  • Junior Achievement instructor